I walked around with my camera this afternoon in Boston Common and I noticed things I never saw before. Despite hundreds of walks in years’ past along the same foot paths, I never had the time to really l-o-o-k.
The Parkside at 170 Tremont Street, for instance, was recently remodeled but I never looked up at its shiny windows.
With my naked eye, I noticed what looked like a light post or a security camera on the roof. Indeed, it’s a security camera.
Maybe there’s a roof patio I don’t know about, but why else would the camera be there?
As I stood on a patch of grass not far from the Boylston subway station, I switched my eyes from the sky to the ground and observed, at first what I thought were MBTA markers, a series of manhole covers for the Boston Water and Sewer Commission and the much-older Boston Water Works. (I posted several of these archaic covers here.)
Keeping my eyes to the grass, though, I didn’t really notice where I was walking until I found myself about halfway between the Parkman Bandstand and one of the baseball fields. Looking up, I saw a crypt-like structure.
At first, I thought it was a war memorial but there were no markings. It was near several of the Boston Water Works’ markings; could it be an old BWW building? Or a mauseleum for the old burial grounds? An MDC guard shack? The trapdoor next to the structure also blew me, but the fence was rusted and also padlocked.
What is it?